Posts tagged with Fail Whale

Foursquare's challenge: keeping up

foursquare starbucks offerFoursquare is on a roll. It's got heathly user adoption and very desirable demos, a growing roster of major brands who want to team up for promotions, and plenty of love from the media (not to mention endless speculation about potential suitors?

Now, the white-hot location-based social service is facing problems very much in keeping with the ones Twitter faced at this stage in its development: scale.  A word that rhymes with both "fail" and "whale", perhaps the most infamous error page in recent internet memory, and an emblem of how difficult it can be for small start-ups to keep up with rapid growth.

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Can Twitter make real money if it can't slay the fail whale?

Twitter's ascent as a social media powerhouse continues unabated.

The next step in its rise: monetization. Twitter has to make money at some point, it has critical mass, there's no shortage of monetization concepts floating around and Twitter management has all but admitted that 2009 is the Year of Revenue.

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